Tuesday, September 30, 2008

gift card - card?

I made this using KWerners template in 2 peas --- this is for my great nieces 6th birthday
gift card
gift card
I used Heidi Swapp, DCWV paper, MSE stamps, brads, ribbon and - you guessed it - pop dots!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Tagged

Tina tagged me --- it was a while back but I missed it with all the 'stuff' going on. So here we are now trying to play catch up. Now I realize I am WAY behind as I was tagged by Vanja too. Obviously not the expert blogger here!!!

I am willing to 'give it a go' as it were. I don't know if I'll reach seven blogs on my list. Most of the blogs I love were already tagged by these ladies or I think if people tagged them they would be doing nothing but these tags!!! I do check out many blogs but I am still a newbie!

Here are the rules:
1. Link your tagger and list these rules on your blog. (see above)
2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.

One. I have had multiple marriage proposals in my life most of which I said no.
I said yes twice, changed my mind once (broke off engagement)
and have been happily married for 18 years.
Two. I am known in some circles as the bling queen.
Three. I once worked on an oil tanker.
Four. I don't like coffee.
Five. I believe that the POINT of having a pet is to spoil it!
Six. The older I get the more liberal my politics get (isn't that kinda backwards???)
Seven. I cheat, I use this site to help me write in html tutor

3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs. OK - this is the hard part for me but here we go...
Kaydee Morrison --beautiful cards and fun videos!
Cheeky Magpie creative gal!
Joan's Paperlicious creative gal with the best sense of humor ever - just LOVE her
Jamie's Place good friend who needs to blog more
Jenn's Place ditto above

the other two I can think of right now I would link in are KWerner and Taylored Expressions (both of which are over to the right) - with the popularity of these I am just going to mention them and not bother them with a tag request -- otherwise Tina tagged quite a few that I would have as well --- trying to avoid duplicates

4. Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog. OK off I go!

Snowman Challenge

Another fun challenge --- this one was a 'snowman' challenge!
Here is the link: http://stampinwhenican.blogspot.com/2008/09/afss36-suggestive-sunday-snowmen.html

And here is my card:

Snowman

Bazzil Paper, OTC Stamp - Koh-i-noor pencils, MME paper, Heidi Swapp Paper, Bazzill Ribbon, Best Occassions Rhinestones, and Pop Dots!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Sparkles Challenge

I wasnt gonna do a challenge but when I saw this one I HAD to!

The Cute Card Thursday Challenge is Lots of Sparkle!

Since I missed my planned weekend to make my Christmas cards I am making them for challenges.
Sparkle
Sparkle
I used Bassill and Deja Views Paper, Lots of bling, K Marcella Bling letter stickers, SU White in with CTMH white embossing powder, Fiskars basic font clear letters, Basic Grey ribbon, CM circle punch and Pop Dots!!!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Thank you for Alzheimers

This is not my favorite card but it does have a certain charm. I made this for the Alzheimer Thank You challenge

I was looking for a challenge when I happened across this whopper of one! WOW at the generosity of ALL the companies involved and the people too!!!
Here is the link to the challenge and ALL of the wonderful donators a FEW are Just Rite, Scor-It, Taylored Expressions, Hambly, PaperTrey, StampingBella GinaK,Paper Pretties.... the list goes on and on. Not to mention all the wonderful people donating directly. This all goes for Alzheimers supporters --- the goal is to send out Thankyou cards to those people involved in the care of the patients. Here is the link: http://myblogbycammie.blogspot.com/2008/09/heart-to-heart-blog-candy.html

I only have one family member that has been effected and that person has since passed so I will be sending cards to the recommended address. I made this one for the challenge but I will also send a few from my stash.

My goal with this card was to ensure it had a hand made look as so much of the work these people do is hands-on. I wanted them to know I took TIME to thank them considering all the TIME they put in. Therefore there is a LOT of hand writing and drawing.

I used Bazzil paper and Basic Grey (inside), ribbon from my stash, book plate (thanks Sharon!), mixed flowers from my stash, brads from JoAnns that I got as part of a swap. I used a Heidi Swapp mask, Tim Holtz ink with perfect pearls in a mini mister to get the base design on the first page.

Well with the wordy stuff out of the way - here is the card!

Thank you
Thank you

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Christmas Card

Ahhhhh..... some studio time!
Christmas Card
Christmas Card

This uses Bazzill carstock and BoBunny patterned paper. I used K werners template again -- This time I trimmed the card back to match. Hero Arts stamps (words) and Oriental Trading stamp (tree) with Ranger ink, I used glue dots to get the perfect round glittered ornament and on the tree stump I painted on glue and used brown glitter - the star and the garland are stickled, ribbon from the BoBunny booth at ScrapFest and pop dots!!!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Popping in from LA

I am sitting on the floor of my hotel room trying to quietly blog while my family sleeps. I try to keep my blog mostly about crafting but this post will be mostly personal so feel free to skip if you are here for the crafting.

First - thank you very much for the condolences - it means a lot that you would take the time and that you are praying for me and my family. This has been a whirlwind of seeing family (very good) and missing Rocky (my very much missed dad in law). People have been wonderful about dropping off food which is very much needed with the size of this family.

The visitation was yesterday and it was open casket - just one look at Rocky annd I knew that my friend and 'dad' was gone. We were only looking at a shell. The service was very nice as they had the kids say the rosary. As a none catholic I hope you understand when I say THAT was a little repetitive and LONG. But it was nice to see the six kids standing up there even if they looked SUPREMELY uncomfortable. They had some pity on them as they let my husband and his brother Paul say the last rosary together.

Later, my husband went up and talked about how concerned his father was about world events and the welfare of those in the world - it was very touching. Then my daughter Annabelle (Bella) went up and talked about how she would miss her granddad and how his art (he painted) inspired her. She was the only granchild to get up and speak and quite a few holdouts lost it (started crying) at that point.

After the service everyone went back too 'mom's' house annd the feeding started again! I have spent a ton of time cooking -- I KNOW - I don't cook! But it had to be done. Today is the funeral and we have the midnight flight back to Minnesota. I miss my home, my cat and my crafting. I feel like I havenn't been able to destress this whole trip. I hope I have my mojo when I get home because as Tim Holtz would say - I need some studio time!

Thanks again for the warm wishes and I hope to return to the 'regularly scheduled programming' soon.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

All the travel arrangements are set...

I just need to start packing. So I took a break and made a card. This is for Challenge SCTL7 http://stampinglinkstolove.blogspot.com/.

This week is just add leaves. You need to have at least 5 leaves on your card.
Here is my entry. Since things have been so sad around here lately I wanted to remind myself to smile
SCTL7
SCTL7
The paper leaves are from Prima and the brad leaves are from my stash. The paper is from Basic Grey and Bazzill and yes it is the same paper as on the last card. The smile is a sticker - I dont remember the vendor but I got it at Target. The stamp is from Northwoods - (background on the paper) I used Ranger esspresso ink with vintage photo distress embossing powder. Everything is inked in ColorBox ink from a Que. The bling is from Kaiser.

It may not be my best card but it made me smile!

edit: To answer a question: the paper is Desire and Pearl from the Scarlet Letter Collection from Basic Grey --- this is the 8x8 paper version which I like better for card making --- I know now I buy paper in two different sizes not only 2 different patterns --- makes my hubby want to cry (well not really - I made the crying part up! hehehe)

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

I will be MIA....

my father in law passed away this morning. We are catching a flight to LA Friday am. In the mean time this is the card I made for my mom-in-law.

my dad in law was a great guy. he and I used to have long chats. I will miss him - he died this morning unexpectedly from a heart attack - he was 80.

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(thanks Karen for the help with the brads)

Monday, September 15, 2008

Anna's Challenge

Annapurna had the coolest inspiration challenge:
This challenge is on http://stampinglinkstolove.blogspot.com/
Ana's Inspiration
Since I used foils in my class - I just HAD to use them here - here is the card closed - I used Autumn Leaves stamps, gold embossing, stampendous stickers, Creative Imaginations foils, The circle template that Sharon sent me, some flowers from my stash -- I embossed the center brad with the same gold embossing as the stamps.
Annas Challenge
and open
Annas Challenge
I will post more from Scrapfest as soon as I have time!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

New Card

OK - This card is not a challenge but just me playing with the plastic templates that Sharon sent me. What do you think?
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My first Christmas card too!
Tracy

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Scrapfest Day 2

BOY am I tired!!! But happy!!!

I had two classes today.
Northwoods Stamps -- LOVE their stamps and I had a blast in the class. Here are the items I got in their WAY generous goody bag!
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You should check out their selection at http://www.northwoodsrubberstamps.com/

The second was Tim Holtz's class

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We made this project
Tim Holtz Mirror
Notice Tim's signature in the corner. He is a VERY nice guy and way creative. His classes are always fun and he brings a lot of energy to them.

Where I was yesterday... and where I will be all weekend!

SCRAPFEST!!!
Archivers puts it on ---
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Here are some seens from the event!
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and a picture with me and Marah Johnson - I just love her work!
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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Another Notebook

TOLD you that you were gonna get sick of these!
Notebook
These papers were in my stash. The green is Bazzill. The Flowers were a gift from Sharon and the Bling centers was a gift from Lori. (I am soooo lucky!!!)
TY Ladies.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

KWerner Color Challenge

I love these. This week here are the colors and the inspiration:
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I loved that there was just a touch of the blue in the shower curtain
So I mage the following card with just a touch of blue
KWerner Pictures, Images and Photos
I used Bazzil and Basic Grey paper, SU White Ink with White embossing powder. The writing is a Hero Arts stamp and the scalloped stamp is CTMH.
The ribbon is from my stash and the letters are Twinkle Type. I love how the colors play together!
Head over to Kritina's site and give it a shot yourself!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Notebook Tutorial

OK I am giving a tutorial a go. NO GIGGLING! OK a little giggling might be fun! hehehehe So you all probably already know how to do this but I added a few tricks I have learned along the way - hope this helps.
This is the notebook that I am covering. I get these for 50 cents each at Target during school starting season!
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Pick 3 12x12 pieces of paper - One for the front cover, one for the binding and one for the lining. I also pick some matching ribbon at least 30" (optional).
Taking the cover paper (I chose the stripes) and the binding paper (I chose the dots) Cut both pieces in half. Keep 2 cover pieces and one binding piece. You should have 3 12x6 pieces
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Turning over the cover paper, mark the cover pieces on the wrong side. Measure in 3/4" from the left side and make a line. Also measure 1-1/8" from the top and the bottom and make a line. Trim the top and bottom left corner pieces off cutting at an angle as shown. Repeat for the second cover.
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Taking the binding paper measure 1-1/8" from the top and the bottom and make a line. Fold the lining paper in half creasing gently cut along the center up to the line as shown (do both the top and the bottom)
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Fold over all the lines you have drawn - no need to use a bone folder here - finger folding will do --- here are how your pieces should look
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Take one of the cover pieces and tape all the way around the edges to get a good seal --- I use a Scotch tape gun but sticky strip would work as well. Put a bit of tape in the middle as well to avoid puckering. Throughout this tutorial I will emphasize taping well. It REALLY increases the life of the book.
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Line up the cover paper with the book using the drawn lines as a guide. I prefer to close the top and bottom first then the edge as I think it looks cleaner.
Press down the paper on the cover and make sure you dont have any puckering. Repeat on the other cover so that both front and back are covered.
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Tape up the binding paper along all edges and some in the middle.
Lay the book open flat to line it up press down one side. Then close the book and bend down the second side. This is to ensure your book closes with the binding in place.
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Open your book up and look at the top and bottom flaps. Trim them in to the angle shown to fit around the notebook paper - I take the little piece and glue it down because I think it looks neater but you could just remove it. Then fold the flap up to cover. Don't worry about it being perfect - you are gong to cover most of this up later. Do all 4 areas.

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I like to add a ribbon between the binding and the cover paper -- if you are going to add it do it now --- also add any brads or other through elements now if you want them hid by the lining. I tape down (with my tape gun again!) the ribbon the whole way -- but you could leave a little not taped down to hold a pen or add a loop for a pen.

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Next I cut my lining --- Trim the lining piece to 12x9 (this step is to allow you to have a nice 12x3 scrap)-- then make two pieces of 6x9 each. From the remaining (12x6) binding paper cut two 2x9 pieces.
Tape the 6x9 and the 2x9 together to form one 7x9 piece as shown. Aligning this on a grid helps. Also if you want to add a ribbon to the lining intersection now is the time as you can fold the flaps under the lining. I like the way this looks as-is so I didn't add it here.
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Tape all around the edges with a couple of swipes in the middle and place the lining in -- repeat for the back.
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Then finish decorating and enjoy!
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